Exploring sustainable travel and celebrating #Canada150 with Bullfrog Power

Recently, we had the unique opportunity to learn about more sustainable travel options by staying at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto, courtesy of Bullfrog Power. If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that we teamed up with Bullfrog to learn more about how we can travel more sustainably. In fact, sustainable vacation options are more accessible than you think, and all Canadians should consider them when making travel plans.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Bullfrog Power is offering Canadians the opportunity to win a trip of a lifetime! The winner will be given the chance to choose a Canadian destination and Bullfrog Power will not only provide airfare (with carbon offsets) to the winner and guest, they will also treat them to five nights’ accommodation at a bullfrogpowered hotel, see here for a full list.

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Here’s where YOU can enter to win! Visit the giveaway from my blog here: http://bit.ly/2rnO2m9. Enter to win before the contest closes on Canada Day (July 1).

I’ve been learning a lot about green energy and I truly wonder why we all don’t consider bullfrogpowering our homes and businesses. Or, at the very minimum, looking for more sustainable options when travelling.

During our stay, my son was very curious to learn about green energy. His curiosity about the use of green energy in homes and business was similar to mine, and he asked me: “Why isn’t everyone using green energy?” There isn’t an easy answer to this question but I let him know that if more people learn about why it’s a good thing, then maybe more people will consider how to incorporate more sustainable energy options into their lives.

Renewable energy is important to me, because with climate change and the sad state of pollution, our health, nature and the animals that surround us are negatively impacted. I worry about the state of the Earth for future generations and that’s why I try to live sustainably. I recycle, shop locally, support sustainable businesses, make litter-less lunches at school, and as a family, we do our best to walk everywhere or take the subway (avoiding more pollution, even though the subway air is horrible!). So, when I heard about Bullfrog Power and their many business partners I was interested in learning more.

As Canada’s leading green energy provider, Bullfrog Power works with homes and businesses across the country to help them easily reduce their environmental impact. No special equipment is needed and any home or business can be bullfrogpowered, including those that are in rented spaces. Since 2005, Bullfrog Power customers have helped put more than 3.8 million MWh of green electricity and more than 6.6 million GJ of green natural gas onto Canada’s energy systems. The bullfrogpowered community has displaced more than 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 from the environment. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 281, 000 cars off road for a year!

So how does bullfrogpowering work? When you choose renewable electricity, you make sure that for every kWh of electricity you purchase, a kWh from a pollution-free, renewable resource is produced and put on the electricity grid on your behalf. With green natural gas, for every unit of natural gas purchased, a GJ or m3 of green natural gas from a climate-friendly source is produced and put onto the pipeline on your behalf.

So, why did we stay at The Westin Harbour Castle hotel? Well, the hotel’s Lobby and Chartroom Bar are bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity. The Westin Harbour Castle is a beautiful hotel; the staff were amazing and courteous and helpful with me and the kids. The pool and hot tub were utter relaxation. Our view was facing the lake and it was simply stunning.  Have a look on my Facebook post. Our bullfrogpowered getaway was amazing!

Also, as part of our bullfrogpowered stay, we had dinner at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, which has been bullfrogpowering its kitchens and fireplaces at ten locations across Canada (including the Toronto King West location) since 2015. We love The Keg, including their new kid’s menu!  Our waiter quickly brought over fresh orange slices, carrots and celery and delicious house-made buttermilk dill dip, along with their famous warm bread and butter. What a great Father’s Day dinner it was! Below is a picture of the kid’s sirloin that is offered on the kid’s menu, amongst other deliciousness like shaved Prime Rib Sliders and so much more.

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With the summer travel months here, consider how you can make your trips more sustainable by incorporating bullfrogpowered businesses into your plans. Check out a full list here. We really enjoyed learning about how easy it is for Canadian families and businesses to reduce their environmental impact with renewable energy options. I truly hope you enjoyed learning about it too!  

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win your own eco-friendly vacation and #ExploreCanadawithBullfrog.

This is the beautiful lobby at The Westin Harbour Castle hotel and Chartroom Bar.

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For more information on Bullfrog Power, visit bullfrogpower.com or their social channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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